LUIGI Trillo wants to see Calvin Abueva back to doing what he does best in Game Two – driving, dishing, and attacking the basket with fervor.
The young Alaska coach said San Mig’s defensive game plan in Game One was to sag on Abueva, obviously feeling that ‘The Beast’ is a lot less dangerous shooting three-pointers than driving to the basket.
The Alaska super rookie, as a result, ended up attempting four times from three-point range in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup series opener on Saturday night, making none.
But even with San Mig’s defense sagging and giving Abueva the room to shoot the long jumper, Trillo said his freshman is still capable of beating defenders to the basket with his explosive first step and tremendous athletic ability.
“I thought Calvin’s decision making - he (shot) a couple of threes (attempts) - he should feel even if they are sagging on him, he could still attack the basket,” said Trillo, a day after the Aces lost Game One, 69-71.
Trillo said Abueva’s passing ability has been on display since his NCAA days, and he hopes it would come to the fore in Game Two.
“You see, Calvin at the NCAA is a sensational passer. He can drive and pass to the open man,” Trillo said. “I think when he settles down, he gets going and he’ll figure it out.”